A Very Private Life

Michael Frayn


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Faber & Faber
5 November 2015
ISBN: 9780571315932
144 pages

From the publisher

A Very Private Life by Michael Frayn follows a young girl as she ventures into a frightening dystopian world riven with inequality and division. With a new introduction by the author.

Uncumber lives in a dystopian world where all humanity is divided in two – the Insiders and the Outsiders. The Insiders are privileged, with their every need catered to by somatic drugs, three-dimensional holovision and prolonged life. Uncumber lives in this luxurious world and is told that she must never go out into the dust and disease of the real world. Uncumber, however, is haunted by a restless and inquisitive spirit. When she falls in love with an Outsider, she decides to go exploring. . .

Michael Frayn is the award-winning author of Headlong, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Spies, which won the Whitbread Best Novel Award, and Skios, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize.

‘A fairy tale of the future. . . Frayn handles his observations and inventions brilliantly’ Guardian